Last update 11 June 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Angola
The Republic of Bulgaria has no functioning embassy in Angola. With regard to consular issues, Bulgarian citizens visiting Angola or residing in the country for a longer period can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Pretoria, South Africa.
Embassy of Bulgaria in Pretoria, The Republic of South Africa
Address: 1071 Church street, 0083 Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27 12 342 37 20; +27 12 342 79
Emergency Mobile Number: +27 79 893 7336
Fax: +27 12 342 37 21
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 09.00 - 12.00h
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/southafrica
The Embassy of Angola in Belgrade is accredited to Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Belgrade, Serbia
Address: Vladete Kovacevica 14, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Telephone: +381 11 2653422; +381 11 369370
Fax: +381 11 265324
Consular section: Mon - Fri, 10.00 - 14.00 h
Angolan kwanza (New Kwanza- AON)
Banks accept cash only. International credit cards are accepted only in major hotels and, very rarely, in some restaurants. Regular payments are made in local currency, but many restaurants and hotels accept also US Dollars. 100 dollar bills printed in 1996 and thereafter can be exchanged only in banks. It is recommended to exercise extreme caution when exchanging money.
Crime and security
Although the civil war in Angola ended in early 2002, in many parts of the country the situation is still unsafe. There is still danger of unexploded mines. Therefore, it is not recommended to travel outside of the capital Luanda. When travelling is necessary, it should be in a convoy (of at least two cars) and in any case, accompanied by local people. Foreigners must be very concerned about their own safety in the capital as well. Assaults may happen during daytime. Lately, mobile phones have been the most commonly stolen items. Due to ongoing clashes between paramilitary groups, travelling to the province of Cabinda is not recommended.
It is forbidden to take photographs of military and strategically important sites, as well as government buildings.
Homosexuality is prohibited.
You can import and export from Angola an amount of up to 15 000 USD without any document.
During the rainy season (November to April) sudden increase of water levels on roads and bridges is very likely.
Travelling by public transport brings certain risks for foreigners in the country. Hiring taxis is recommended, but it should be borne in mind that their tariffs are relatively high.
International driving licenses are recognized.
Health services in hospitals do not meet European standards. Except in the capital Luanda and in some larger cities, the level of medical care is very low, and in the remote areas it is almost none. Better services are offered by several private clinics, which are quite expensive. There is a large number of registered AIDS cases.
Travel papers and visas
You can enter the country with a regular passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.
Upon entry in the country, it is advisable to carry an immunisation card and have inoculations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.
Updated information on all necessary vaccines for Angola can be obtained from the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at + 359 2 944 69 99/221.
Bulgarian citizens (holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports) travelling to Angola require a visa that can be obtained at the Embassy of Angola in Belgrade.
When applying for a regular or short-term visa the applicant must first submit to the Embassy of Angola in Belgrade a photocopy of his/her passport. The letter of invitation must be sent by the Angolan company or institution directly to the embassy, and not submitted by the applicant. For more detailed visa information check HERE.
For greater security foreign nationals visiting Angola are recommended to stay in reputable hotels such as Alvarade Hotel, Tropico Hotel and Meridian President Hotel.
Extra caution is recommended when consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.
Water should be boiled or bottled.
Travel of children
It is recommended that children travel with their own passports.
Certification and legalisation
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and serve before Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued to Bulgarian citizens by Angolan authorities should bear the stamp of the Foreign Ministry of Angola. Then, they need to be certified by the Embassy of Angola in Belgrade. Signatures and certifications by the Angolan Embassy in Belgrade must be authenticated by the Consular Service of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Belgrade. The documents certified in this way must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized company in Bulgaria and certified by the Certification and Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In emergency cases, such as damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for issuance of an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of any EU Member States in Luanda.